DRINKS: Mulled cider for the winter

Being originally from Somerset, I love all things West Country related; The Wurzels, rolling countrysides, Cheddar cheese and most of all cider! You can take the girl out of Somerset but don’t you dare take the cider away from her. Now a lot of you will assume that you should only be mulling drinks for Christmas, not in my house. Don’t get me wrong, there was a pot of mulled cider brewing away over (I wasn’t even the one to make it) but I think it’s a perfect alcoholic drink for the entire winter. If you follow Little Nibble on Facebook you might have seen that I was brewing up a batch of this wintry drink on New Years Eve.

mulled-cider

What you need:
2 oranges
1 pomegranate
2 cinnamon sticks
3 star anise
1 teaspoon of grated nutmeg
6 cloves
4 litres of cider
Sugar as needed

This is wonderfully easy, pour the cider into a large saucepan, start heating it on a low heat, don’t boil it immediately. Slice the oranges, quarter them and throw them straight into the cider. Roll the pomegranate on a chopping board, you’ll here it cracking, this is loosing the fruit from the inside. Then slice it in half, then hold the first half over the pan, tap the skin and the fruit will fall out, repeat with the other half. Then you can just shove all the other ingredients into the cider, I try not to put sugar in right away because it doesn’t always need it. Turn up the heat, let is bubble away for a good 20 minutes, don’t let it get too hot and boil over. Add a couple of teaspoons of sugar if you taste it and think it is too sharp. Then boom, you’re done, ladle out into glasses and enjoy this beautiful, winter warm that will make you feel like a witch brewing up a potion (yes, I said it and I challenge you to make it and not feel like that).

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